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How Using a Trauma Lens Can Impact Rules of Professional Conduct

Webinar Agenda (Recorded July 17): Approximately 1.5 hours

  • Program Overview

  • The Impact of Trauma, Psychological Safety and Trauma Triggers - Preisler

  • How Using a Trauma Lens Can Impact Rules of Professional Conduct; (1.3) Diligence; (1.4) Communication; and (1.14(a)) Client with Diminished Capacity - Stephenson

  • Strategies for Building a Trauma-Informed Client-Lawyer Relationship - Batch


Sydney J. Batch, J.D., M.S.W.

Sydney is one of the founding partners of Batch Poore and Williams, PC. Sydney Batch grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As a triple tarheel, Sydney received her Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Social Work and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The combination of her dual degree in law and social work provide her with a unique understanding of the often intersecting worlds of law and social work. Her primary practice areas are family law, juvenile trial and appellate law, with an emphasis on termination of parental rights and child protective services law. Mrs. Batch is actively involved in a variety of committees and organizations involving both family law and juvenile matters. In 2007, Mrs. Batch was appointed by Justice Sarah Parker of the North Carolina Supreme Court to a three-year appointment position on the North Carolina Family Court Advisory Committee. Justice Parker appointed Mrs. Batch to another three year appointment in 2010. In 2009, Justice Sarah Parker appointed her to the North Carolina Family Court Advisory subcommittee ad hoc workgroup on disproportionate representation of minority children in the child welfare system. She is also on the Rules Committee for Wake County Abuse, Neglect and Dependency committee. Mrs. Batch has presented in numerous Continuing Legal Education courses pertaining to juvenile welfare law. In her spare time, Mrs. Batch enjoys reading, traveling, watching football, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Jeanne Preisler

Jeanne works with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, Child Welfare Section to coordinate a 3.2 million dollar federally funded initiative called Project Broadcast to help North Carolina develop a trauma-informed child serving system. She has worked in child welfare for the last 15 years in various capacities including the Director of NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network and the Board of Directors for the NC Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. Jeanne is a former foster parent with two adult daughters (one was a kinship placement and one through foster care). Jeanne earned her Bachelor degree in psychology in 1991 from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She has lived in North Carolina since 1992 and has five dogs, one cat, and one granddaughter.

Angenette Stephenson, M.S.W., J.D.

Angie is a Child Welfare Attorney with the North Carolina Office of the Attorney General. She has been in this position since January 2007 and, before that, worked for two and a half years in Raleigh at the Law Office of Sally Scherer. She is licensed in North Carolina and Hawaii, and admitted to practice in the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a past president of the American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys. She earned her law degree and MSW in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before graduate school, Angie was a child protective social worker in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and on Maui, in Hawaii. Angie also has experience with mediation and adult mental health. Angie earned her Bachelor degree in social work in 1990 from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, son, and two dogs.
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